Cover of Aspects by John M Ford, two swords crossed above the title.

Book Review: Aspects by John M. Ford

Book Review: Aspects by John M. Ford Tor Books, 496 pages, ISBN: 9781250269041 $26.99 Hardcover $13.99 e-book Available April 5th, 2022 Until Aspects, I had never read a John M. Ford novel. For that omission, my life as a whole: literary, personal, professional, has been a poorer one. If I were to offer one piece […]

True Crime

10 Novels Inspired by True Crimes

As true crime stories, documentaries, and podcasts become more mainstream, it only makes sense that it continues to weave its way into fiction as well. Part of what makes true crime so fascinating is the horror and intrigue we feel when trying to wrap our heads around the darkest parts of humanity – and the […]

Six Survival Thrillers That Will Make You Question Your Own Life

Ever since I was young, I have been obsessed with survival thrillers. Whether they’re nonfiction tales rooted in unbelievable yet true, real-life situations or fantastical made-up fictional scenarios, the stakes don’t get any higher in storytelling than life or death adventures. These types of stories never fail to make us ponder our own existence since […]

Book Review: Three Books from Stark House Press

Book Review: Three Books from Stark House Press   Stark House Press’s recent releases include both new fiction and rereleases of classic works.  The following three books provide widely different plots and themes, but all are worth a look.   The Thing Beyond Reason/Echo of a Careless Voice/Blotted Out is a collection of three novellas […]

Book Review: More Sherlock Holmes Pastiches

Book Review: More Sherlock Holmes Pastiches   New entries in the Sherlock Holmes saga have become a subgenre in themselves in crime fiction, and this review will cover some interesting new releases.   Liese Sherwood-Fabre has released three books in a series of the early years of Sherlock Holmes.  In her works, Sherlock is still […]

Book Review: Hellfire, by John Gilstrap

Book Review: Hellfire, by John Gilstrap   This is one page-turner of a thriller.  There’s so much testosterone in it that holding the book while I read it caused hair to grow on the palms of my hands.  I would have finished the novel a lot earlier, but I had to stop reading every three […]

DVD Review: Quiz

DVD Review: Quiz Quiz is based on the true story of the biggest game show scandal since Twenty-One in the 1950’s.  Many Americans are unaware that Who Wants to be A Millionaire? was originally a British series, which was imported to the United States, where pounds were converted into dollars.  Quiz begins with the network, […]

Top Twelve Mystery Novels of 2020

2020 was a year to forget, but thanks to these twelve highly talented authors, we had wonderful novels that helped us escape the real life problems and suffering around us. Here are the Top Twelve Mystery Novels of 2020 in no particular order. The Finisher by Peter Lovesey (SOHO Press) It’s hard to believe that Peter Lovesey […]

Book Review: The Misadventures of Nero Wolfe

Book Review: The Misadventures of Nero Wolfe   The surest proof that something has become a genuine part of the popular culture is when it can be parodied.  How many fictional characters of the twenty-first century (strictly from books, not from television or movies) are sufficiently recognizable to the average person that a good-natured riff […]

Book Review: The Potato Masher Murder

Book Review: The Potato Masher Murder   Decades after the fact, it’s disturbing to discover that a member of your family was murdered.  It’s even more shocking to discover that another family member was responsible for that violent death.  This scenario actually happened to Gary Sosniecki, a journalist who discovered that in 1906, his great-grandmother Cecilia […]